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Welcoming International Visitors
Addressing International Meeting Concerns
Washington, DC welcomes all legitimate international travelers to meet in the nation’s capital. However, there’s no doubt that factors within the current administration’s policies are impacting the travel industry. Learn more about efforts with the U.S. Travel Association and other industry stakeholders to welcome customers to Washington, DC. Destination DC will continue to do everything in its power to facilitate a positive experience for international travelers to the nation’s capital.
As Destination DC promotes Washington, DC for business and leisure travelers, we continue to reinforce that all are welcome in our city. Politics are separate from the Washington, DC that we promote: all the outstanding attractions, hotels, dining, theater, music, arts and culture, nightlife, shopping, festivals and special events throughout our neighborhoods. However, there is no doubt that politics are impacting our industry as a whole.
To that end, we are working very closely with the U.S. Travel Association (I currently serve on its board of directors), Brand USA and additional industry associations. Through our constant communication, we are attuned to how they are working with the new administration and addressing sentiment about the U.S. as it relates to tourism. It is too early to tell if there will be a long-term impact, but know that we will be proactive in continuing to relay the message that all are welcome in Washington, DC.
Destination DC will continue to do everything in its power to facilitate a positive experience for international travelers to the nation’s capital.
Elliott L. Ferguson, II
President & CEO, Destination DC
Elliott [at] washington.org
U.S. Travel Association is the leading force that grows and sustains travel and protects the freedom to travel. Read about its latest news and commentary related to the Visa Waiver Program, Travel Ban concerns and many other issues pertinent to protecting travel.
- DC mayor welcomes massive international travel conference with a personal touch, Washington Business Journal
- U.S. Secretary of Commerce Says Tourism and Trump’s America First Policy Can Co-Exist, Skift
- Meetings industry responds to Trump’s controversial travel ban, Association Meetings International
Washington, DC is a place where international meetings thrive.
DC recently hosted U.S. Travel Association’s IPW for the first time, which is the single largest generator of international travel to the U.S. DC welcomed 6,400 delegates from 70 countries; this was the 3rd largest attendance in the 49-year history of IPW. Attendance consisted of tour operators and wholesalers, suppliers and journalists.
“Microsoft Inspire convenes over 18,000 people annually, with 70% of those attendees from outside the U.S. Washington, DC has the infrastructure, history, culture and friendliness to make it a great destination for an international event. It’s a place where business gets done regardless of industry or where you are from.” - Dean Armintrout, Microsoft Inspire
“There’s a certain aura about Washington, DC, from a cultural perspective, especially for international delegates. If people have a free afternoon, there’s a lot to enjoy, from the museums on the National Mall to a variety of neighborhoods within walking distance.” - Pamela Ballinger, American Association for Cancer Research